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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Flags

Sometimes, as uncomfortable as it makes us, people of faith have to talk about real-life things. We have to talk about cruelty and hatred in public speech. We have to talk about politics. We're involved in the most divisive presidential campaign I can recall. Our nation was formed upon the idea that government must not speak to religion. Is the converse also true, that religion must not speak to government? I would say no, but I’d add the warning that when we do so, we must be very, very careful that we speak for God, and not just to our personal preferences.

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Flags by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Amazing Grace


Superficially, the parable of the dishonest manager in Luke 16 appears to present the story of a manager who cheats his master and is commended by Jesus for being a liar and a thief. How in the world do I preach that? When you're in a position in which you have to hold forth on something you don't understand very well, there are really only two courses open: Bluff, or go find someone who DOES understand and ask him. That's what I did, and I learned much.
Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Amazing Grace by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.
 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Meshugaas

One of my favorite Yiddish words as a child was "mashugana". We thought it was an adjective so we spoke of things or actions being mashugana. The Gospel of Jesus is, by all human measure, meshugaas. It's crazy. How could we manage to live in the crazy world today and still follow Jesus' teachings? How did He? What? You think the world was less meshugaas in His time?

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Meshugaas by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.





Sunday, September 4, 2016

Plastic Jesus

When asked to sing, my response is "I don't sing. Since the injunction." Desperate times, however, demand desperate actions. Today, I sing of the cost of discipleship.

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Plastic Jesus by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Reflection

When you think of your relationship with God, and God's relationship with you, how do you characterize it in your mind? Do you do good deeds to earn your way into heaven? Does God love you no matter WHAT you do? It's complicated.

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Reflection by clicking HERE for text. (We had a technical problem with the audio today which is much too technical to explain and which had nothing to do with my being too daft to push the record button, I assure you.)

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Beyond Words

Jesus called the leader of the synagogue a "hypocrite". In the understanding of the time, a hypocrite was an actor who performed in a mask, thus concealing his true identity and nature. That's exactly what is going on with people who are so busy being blameless that they have no energy left to be righteous. Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, "Beyond Words" by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Two Kingdoms

My impression is that when church people speak of "the kingdom of man" they mean that group of people who do bad stuff for the sake of victimizing us, the citizens of the Kingdom of God. That way, church, lies madness, and, truly, the kingdom of man prevails whenever those thoughts are permitted to flower. Come and see why the Prince of Peace should say so shattering a thing as "Do  you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!"

 Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Two Kingdoms by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.